Every once in a while a new press with new ideas and amazing projects appears on the literary scene. Platypus Press is one of those. I’ve been nothing but impressed with their creativity and professionalism. They are a boutique publisher based in England and seek to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose from a broad variety of voices and experiences. They are currently accepting submissions of poetry for a forthcoming anthology entitled A Portrait in Blues.
I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked editor Michelle Tudor a few questions to find out. See my interview with Tudor and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Platypus Press.
TUDOR: Platypus has been around for just over a year; our first book release was in October 2015, and our first issue of wildness was in that December. We release a variety of things: full-length collections, chapbooks, a journal, a daily curation series; really, whatever suits the work.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Platypus Press originally started?
TUDOR: We recently thought about this, and its formation was a little unlikely. Aside from a literature degree, neither of us (myself or Peter) have typical literary backgrounds—we sort of fell into it. A while after I’d finished the aforementioned degree, we spent some time talking about what we could do next. The press grew out of our desire to develop something that would allow us to put out an expansive range of ‘things’—be they traditional books; hand-sewn, letter-pressed objects; digital chapbooks; or an online journal.
HOPKINSON: Other than your literary magazine Wildness, what other types of projects/books/anthologies does Platypus Press plan to publish?
TUDOR: Over the past year we’ve done a bit of everything and intend to continue that.
Last year we released a selection of books from a variety of authors—collections discussing nature, mythology, the Vietnamese diaspora, as well as LGBTQ voices. We recently released jayy dodd’s Mannish Tongues, a collection we cannot wait for people to read. After that we have an anthology from L.G. Corey, as well as a memoir from Shuly Xóchitl Cawood—our first nonfiction release and something we couldn’t be more excited about.
Last December, we released twenty-four free mini-digital-chapbooks in our 2412 project. Whilst it was a lot of work, it’s something we’d like to do again in some form.
Obviously A Portrait in Blues is something we’re currently working on, an anthology about identity, gender and bodies. It aligns with our belief that there are still voices that need to be heard.
We’re also continuing our new, curated guide, the Wilds, something we want to grow through the year: broadening its remit to include reviews of books, events, and current affairs if possible.
One thing we’d love to be able to find is ‘that’ perfect literary novella or short story collection. Hopefully it’s just round the corner.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
TUDOR: This is, and has always been, an impossible question for us to answer. As usual we’ll default to ourselves and something we wrote when we launched wildness:
As we said then, read wildness’ back issues for a better idea of the kind of work we want. Also, our last two collections—Plainspeak, WY and Mannish Tongues—exemplify our interests perfectly; nature and the body.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
TUDOR: Some of the newest online journals we’ve been enjoying are Luther Hughes’ the Shade Journal, Eloisa Amezcua’s The Shallow Ends and Elizabeth Onusko’s Foundry.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
TUDOR: They can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: April 30, 2017 (A Portrait in Blues)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
Categories: Call for Submissions